What is live-in care?
In recent years, more and more people are discovering that arranging professional live-in care for their elderly parents or loved ones is a good alternative to care home living.
For many, care is required because a loved one simply needs someone living with them in case of an emergency. For others, with the more complex care needs that come with living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, a fully trained live-in carer can be the perfect solution.
With Elder, engaging the best live-in carers is now a very simple and straightforward process, no matter where you live in the UK.
Will my elderly parent be happy with a live-in carer?
Our quality of life in the UK has never been so good, and older people are living longer, staying fitter and maintaining social lives like never before. They have become used to a great deal of independence in their daily lives and this is, obviously, a good thing.
However, the traditional care home environment hasn’t kept pace with these changes. In short, many older people are satisfied with their living arrangements at home and often only need someone there to help them with the little things, day-to-day. Engaging a live-in carer to work with them at home offers the best of both worlds.
Research supports the notion that older people stay happier, stay healthier and are more active when they remain in their own homes, compared to moving into residential care. This is because their own home is familiar, the routine is as it has always been, and they’re able to maintain that all-important social contact with friends and neighbours.
What’s more, many older people have pets but very few care homes allow residents to keep them. This is another area in which recent studies have indicated a link with better health outcomes - such as reduced risk of blood pressure and depression. Yet most care homes simply don’t allow residents to take many pets.
Find a live-in carer in Ayrshire
Finding a live-in carer in Prestwick, Kilmarnock or Largs is as easy as picking up the phone to Elder. Once you ask us to arrange your loved one’s live-in care, we get to work finding the most suitable carer for them. The first step in the process is the creation of the care plan.
Elder will consult with you, the care recipient - and their medical providers to develop an appropriate care plan for the provision of care at home. This will cover all aspects of daily life and may include help with washing, dressing and personal hygiene, or the more complex care associated with living with long-term illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Aside from the care plan, the live-in carer will also help with the day-to-day household duties of cleaning and cooking, as well as simply being someone to talk to, there as a friend and companion. Our carers are also well aware of the importance of fresh air and exercise, and if the care recipient’s care plan allows, they will endeavour to make sure your loved one gets out and about during the day.
Staying healthy and active in Ayrshire
There are plenty of things to do to occupy a morning in Ayrshire. For one, as the birthplace of Robert Burns, it is home to the Burns Monument and Gardens. These gardens are a delight, allowing visitors to walk from the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to the Auld Brig o’Doon, made famous in Burn’s poem Tam o’Shanter. The gardens are also fully wheelchair-accessible.
Dumfries House in Auchinleck is another very popular place for older visitors. The 18th-century house is famous for its collection of Chippendale furniture and its walled garden. The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine also makes for a very nice morning out. Half of the exhibition is outdoors, while the other half is housed in the renovated boat shed, which is again very manageable in a wheelchair. Visitors can put their heads inside the fully-restored worker’s tenement for a view back into the past.
For those who would rather take a short stroll around and watch the world go by, Ayr Central is the area’s largest indoor shopping centre and it’s perfect for a rainy day. Ayrshire is also well serviced by all the usual food supermarkets, such as Iceland, Aldi, Farmfoods, Morrison’s and Tesco, making it an ideal location to choose to stay living at home.
How much does live-in care in Ayrshire cost?
With Elder, live-in care costs the same, no matter where you live in the UK. For a flat rate of £795 per week, our care recipients receive the very best live-in care, with no hidden costs. Elder takes care of all of the training, transport, insurance, and vetting costs associated with hiring a live-in carer. The only possible additional costs are if there’s more than one care recipient, or the carer is required to have their own car.
This weekly cost is significantly lower than the average care home, and for couples living at home together, it represents a much larger saving.
Why choose Elder?
At Elder, we’re passionate about ensuring the very best service for our care recipients. Having a new person come to live in their house can be an unnerving experience for your loved one, if not undertaken properly. That’s where our meticulous character-matching process comes in.
Our care planning experts will build up a detailed picture of your loved one’s character - including personality, hobbies and interests. They’ll then use this information to match them to their most suitable carer. Once we think we’ve found a good match, we’ll send you a detailed profile and video of the carer so you can make sure you’re happy. If they’re not right, we’ll keep looking until we find the right one.
And, if you feel you need to change your carer at any time, we’re here to help. Our care support team will be with you every step of the way to provide any information or support you require.